Beer Run: East Coast Beer Haul

One of the best parts of attending the Beer Bloggers Conference is visiting a different part of the country and tasting beers that aren't available to you. Another glorious aspect is that the conference is awash in beer. It flows everywhere! Attendees bring their favorites to share and breweries bring cases upon cases to quench the thirst of bloggers. It gets better. At the end of every conference, you can expect a sight like this. Cases and cases of beer, free to a good home!

Beer Orphanage

Checking baggage isn't cheap, but the cost is justified if you can bring home beer that you can't normally buy. I was able to cram eleven bottles and cans into my checked bag. Great care must be taken as beer is heavy and bottles shatter if not packed well. The last thing you want greeting you at the baggage carousel is a soggy suitcase full of wet clothes and glass shards. Another unspeakable horror is the loss of baggage.

Sadly, the stars didn't align in my favor on my flight home. When I arrived in Portland, my bag was nowhere to be found. In my nightmares, I imagined TSA agents and baggage handlers imbibing my fine east coast beer stash. Fortunately, 36 hours later, my misery ended when my bag was returned to me! To my surprise, all bottles and cans were intact! This miracle is undeniable proof that the Beer Gods exist!!

Anyway, here are the treasures that have been reunited with me in Portland. Most were given to me by breweries. Some were from my super awesome fellow beer bloggers, whose names and blogs are listed. Check 'em out. They're great people!

This is a broad assortment of styles, and I look forward to sampling all of them. Thanks again to the breweries and fellow bloggers who entrusted them to me! I promise to take good care of them!!

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Live Beer Blogging (a.k.a. Speed Dating for Beer)

One of my favorite events at the Beer Bloggers Conference is Live Beer Blogging. Think of it as speed dating, but with beer and social media. During the course of 50 frenetic minutes, the bloggers sample, write, and publish their thoughts about 10 different beers!

Each round is five minutes long. During this time, the brewer pours a sample (3 - 4 oz.) and talks about the beer. The bloggers taste the sample and write about it using Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Untappd, or other form of social media. I used Untapped to record my speed blogging experience. You can see a summary of the beers I sampled and my tasting notes below.

I’m not proud of the quality of my tasting notes. When I usually write about beer, I only taste and write about one at a time. I also take a long time to do it. Each 5 minute round of Live Beer Blogging goes by extremely quickly and barely allows enough time to taste, ask questions, formulate thoughts, take pictures, write, AND re-hydrate with water.  It is a heck of a lot of fun, though!

While all of the beers were excellent, my favorite of the session was Ever Weiss, a Berliner Weiss made by Night Shift Brewing from Everett, MA. While not a traditional take on the style, it had great strawberry and hibiscus flavor. It also registered high on the pucker meter! 

Another favorite was The Mule, an American Corn Lager, made by Notch Brewing from Ipswich, MA. This is the beer that the macro brewers should be making. It has a mild corn sweetness, is full of flavor, and is light and refreshing!

Back to Live Blogging, If you’re looking for a fun way to share and explore beer with friends, you should try this, or a variation of it. At the next beer tasting I host, I’ll adopt the idea, but increase the time of the rounds to 10 minutes each, and feature just five or six beers.

If you’ve already participated in a similar experience, or end up trying it yourself, please let me know how it went! 

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Welcome Beer Bloggers!

The 2013 Beer Bloggers Conference is over and now a memory (slightly hazy, for most). Completing its fourth year, the team from Zephyr Adventures organized an amazing conference that brought beer writers from across the country through breweries, brewpubs, taprooms, and distribution warehouses in and around three great Northeast beer cities—Boston, Portland (Maine), and Portsmouth.

Now, you might think a conference for Beer Bloggers is an excuse for beer writers to travel to different cities and drink copious amounts of good beer. Well, you’d be correct! But it’s more than that. It gives us better insight into who makes our beer, how they make it, and how they get it to us. If you’re reading this, these are things that are important to you too.

The conference is also about networking. I’ve attended three of these conferences and it’s always great to reunite with old friends and make new ones.  

During the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some of my conference experiences on the blog. But first, I’d like to thank all of great organizations that sponsored and hosted us throughout the conference.

These people opened their doors to us, fed us, and shared more beer than we could possibly drink.  They treated us like kings and queens. If you write a beer blog, you should be going to this event.  If you don’t write a beer blog, you should considering starting one up. We’d love to see you next year!

Lastly, a huge thanks to Zephyr Adventures for organizing the conference. Your team does an amazing job!

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The Portsmouth Brewery — Portsmouth, NH

Later this week, I'll be attending the Beer Bloggers Conference (yes, we have our own conference) in Boston. As a warmup, I'm also partaking in a pre-conference beer excursion in Portland, Maine. More on both of these later.

I flew in an extra day early so I could visit Smuttynose Brewing Co., in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I started the day at The Portsmouth Brewery for lunch and a taster tray.

The Portsmouth Brewery
56 Market St., Portsmouth, NH 03801

The Beer:
  • Taps:  12 drafts (8 house beers and 4 guest taps). Current taplist is updated at the brewery's blog.
  • Standard Pour:  16 oz. served in a shaker glass. Smaller 10 oz. pours are available.
  • Taster Tray:  Yes. 3 oz. pours.
  • Bottles:  Yes.
  • Growlers: Yes. House beers only.

Vibe:  Bright and airy restaurant with a large bar and patio for outdoor seating. The Jimmy Lapanza Lounge (located downstairs) features 4 additional taps and 2 casks

Food:   Full menu with a wide variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Some unique lunch specials were offered the day I attended. Locally produced ingredients are featured throughout the menu.

Tyler Jones at the brewhouse command center
Portsmouth Brewery was founded in 1991 and is New Hampshire's original brewpub. 

Tyler Jones, Head Brewer, gave me a tour of the brewery which features a 7 barrel brewhouse. The brewery space is extremely tightit feels like it's in a submarine! Every last nook and cranny is filled with equipment, leaving absolutely no room for expansion (and little room for movement)!

This makes Tyler's job of managing brewery output, experimenting with new beers, and keeping the brewpub taps flowing a constant juggling act. He and his team are up to the challenge. Last year, they produced 1400 barrels. Almost all of which is served in the restaurant. So that brings us to the beer! I sampled 8 of the house beers. While all are excellent, here are my favorites:

  • Bluebeery:  Blueberry was added in the whirlpool and secondary fermentation. It has bright blueberry aroma and flavor, but without the cloying sweetness found in many blueberry ales.
  • Barley Wine:  I'm not a huge fan of the style in general, but this one was smooth! It's fermented with American and English ales yeasts and blended. It may be 11% ABV, but very stealthy! 
  • Black Cat Stout:  Rich and creamy, with roasted malt and coffee.
  • Ginga Ninga:  I've never had a ginger IPA, until now! The ginger is present from start to finish and, to my surprise, nicely complements the spicy and earthy hop flavors.     

If you're visiting Portsmouth and you love good beer, be sure to make a trip to The Portsmouth Brewery! Check the Brewery's blog for the current taplist and updates from Tyler about special beer releases.

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Review: Farmhouse Summer Ale, Flying Fish

Farmhouse Summer Ale
Flying Fish Brewing Co. — Somerdale, NJ

  • Style: Farmhouse Ale
  • Bitterness: 15 IBU
  • ABV: 4.9%
  • Malts:  Two-Row Pale, White Wheat, Cara-8, Acidulated
  • Hops: Columbus, Styrian Goldings
  • Yeast: Chico
  • Calories: 155

Description:  A tribute to the highly drinkable "every day" beers from French-speaking Belgium. Contains Belgian two-row pale malt and 7% wheat. This beer is lightly filtered with an earthy, spicy hop character from imported Styrian Goldings hops and a beautiful rich creamy head from the wheat. — Flying Fish Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  This is the first beer I'm profiling from Flying Fish. I bought this bottle in Arizona, as it's not available in Oregon. I'm drinking it as part of my series on summer seasonals.

The tasting:  Bottle stamped with a best by date of August 7, 2013. Gold in color, hazy, with a white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of spicy wheat, herbal hops, honey, and a light touch of lemon. Flavor starts with bready malt and is followed by spicy hops in the middle. Alcohol is not present in aroma or flavor and hop bitterness is low. Farmhouse Summer Ale is light bodied, has a crisp mouth feel, and finishes dry with bready malt and light spicy hops. Although this is a farmhouse ale, I don't taste much fruity character or spicy esters from the yeast. I'm surprised they used the Chico yeast strain (instead of one of the many Belgian strains) to ferment this beer. That might explain the lack of fruity and spice flavors.

Rating:  3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  Overall, Farmhouse Summer Ale, is light, refreshing, and a nice choice if you're looking for a session beer. This seasonal release is available through September 1.
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Review: Mama's Little Yella Pils, Oskar Blues

Mama's Little Yella Pills
Oskar Blues Brewing Co. — Longmont, CO

  • Style: Pilsner
  • Bitterness: 35 IBU
  • ABV: 5.3%
  • Malts: Pale and German specialty
  • Hops: Saaz
  • Sampled: 12 oz. can
Description: Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pills is an uncompromising, small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czech Republic famous. Unlike mass market “pilsners” diluted with corn & rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt, German specialty malts, and Saaz hops. While it’s rich with Czeched-out flavor, its gentle hopping (35 IBUs) and low ABV (just 5.3%) make it a luxurious but low-dose (by Oskar Blues standards) refresher. — Oskar Blues Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Oskar Blues was one of the first craft breweries to release their beer in cans. I visited their brewery in Colorado a few years ago. You can read about my visit here. I'm drinking this beer as part of my series on lagers.

The tasting:  Bright golden color, clear, with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma of grain, earthy hops, bread, and a touch of lemon. Flavor very similar to the aroma with the bread and grainy malt being prominent. It turns mildly sweet in the middle. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor and it has a medium level of hop bitterness. Mama's Little Yella Pils is light bodied, moderately carbonated, and finishes with grainy malt and grassy hops.

Rating: 3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  I've enjoyed all of the Oskar Blues beers I've tasted, and this is no exception. Grab a few cans and take it with you on your outdoor summer adventures.

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Changes at the 26th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival

OBF, the Granddaddy of Oregon beer festivals kicks off on Wednesday!  Let's go through the notable changes for the 26th installment of this fine Oregon tradition:

  • For the first time, the festival will kick-off on Wednesday. This means five--not four, days of craft beer mirth and merriment! Wednesday is now the new Thursday. Word to the wise, go early.

  • Say goodbye to the plastic mugs! You'll now be drinking from glass--just as beer gods intended.

  • A $1 token will now buy you a 3 oz. sample (instead of 4 oz.). OK, take a deep breath... Before you work yourself into a conniption, you should remember that $1 has bought you 4 oz. tastes for at least 15 years. It's the ugly face of inflation. I'm surprised OBF was able to offer 4 oz. pours for so long. Here's what festival organizer, Chris Crabb told me about the change. "For a number of years, it has been a 14-oz mug with a 4-oz taste. Beer prices keep going up, and we had to make a choice: go with a 14 oz glass and charge five tokens for a fill; or go with the 12.8-oz glass and a 3-oz taste. We didn't want to be the first festival that went to five tokens for a fill."  My blogger friends Jeff and Pete have a few thoughts about the subject, if you want to read more.

  • The Buzz Tent is gone this year. Don't fret, there's still more beer than you can possibly drink.  According to Chris, "The Buzz Tent is taking a hiatus. It had some logistical issues for the event organizers that need to be addressed. Beers are promised and not sent, beers are sent and then poached, etc. Plus, the idea behind the buzz tent was originally to offer rare, specialty beers for beer geeks; the first year, that's what it was, but by last year, it was flooded by attendees looking for the highest alcohol beers and camping out. It wasn't the experience we wanted. So, it's taking a break while logistics are figured out. Just like Arnold, it will be back!"

As Sheryl Crow says, a change will do you good. So get down to Oregon Brewers Festival, soak up the sun (she also said that), and enjoy one of the country's finest beer festivals!

Full details are listed below. If you've never attended, check out my recaps from OBF 2012 and OBF 2011 to get an idea of what to expect. Cheers!

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26th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival

Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon
Main entrance at S.W. Oak Street and Naito Parkway

July 24 - 28, 2013 — "Always the last full weekend in July"

Wed through Sat, taps are open from Noon to 9 p.m.
Sun, taps are open from Noon to 7 p.m.
Token & mug sales close one-half hour prior to the taps shutting off

Admission into the festival grounds is free. In order to consume beer, purchase of a 2013 souvenir 12.8 oz. tasting glass is required and costs $7. Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. Patrons pay four tokens for a full glass of beer, or one token for a three-oz. taste. There are no advance tickets sold to the festival; all purchases are made on-site. The festival is cash only, and there are ATMs on-site.

The Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the nation's longest running and best loved craft beer festivals. Situated on the west bank of the Willamette River, with towering Mt. Hood as a backdrop, it is the ideal venue for anyone who loves craft beer. With a laid back attitude and scores of award-winning beers, the festival reflects the essence of the city of Portland.

The Oregon Brewers Festival exists to provide an opportunity to sample and learn about a variety of craft beer styles from across the country. Eighty craft breweries from all parts of the nation offer more than two-dozen styles of handcrafted brews to 80,000 beer lovers during the five-day event.

The festival's focus is craft beer, but there's more than sampling involved. The event features live music, beer-related vendors, beer memorabilia displays, beer writers and publishers, homebrewing demonstrations, and an assortment of foods from a variety of regions. The Crater Lake Root Beer Garden offers complimentary handcrafted root beer for minors and designated drivers. Minors are always welcome at the festival when accompanied by a parent.

The Oregon Brewers Festival strongly encourages responsible drinking, and urges patrons to take advantage of the MAX Light Rail line, located just one block west of the festival on SW Oak Street. Go by bus, train or taxi, just don't drink and drive. The festival also offers free, on-site bicycle parking.

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Square Mile Cider Recall

Craft Brew Alliance, parent of Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., recently launched a new line of artisan ciders under the Square Mile Cider Company brand.

I tasted both the Original Hard Apple Cider and the Spur & Vine Hopped Apple Cider at a media preview a few months ago. Both were great, and I especially enjoyed Spur & Vine, which is cold conditioned with Galaxy hops.

Yesterday, Square Mile announced a recall of its first production run. Full details are in the press release below.

I've reached out to Square Mile to learn more about how returns will be handled and will update this post after I hear from them.

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Square Mile Cider Company Announces Voluntary Recall of 2,500 Cases of Hard Cider Products

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 19, 2013 - Square Mile Cider Company (SMCC) today announced the voluntary recall of 2,500 cases “Square Mile Original Hard Apple Cider” and “Square Mile Spur & Vine Hopped Apple Cider.”
The recalled product was sold in retail locations in California, Oregon and Washington. It is limited to the following two products packaged on or before May 15, 2013:
  •  22 ounce bottles of “Square Mile Original Hard Apple Cider” with the markings “Hand Picked” and “Hand Pressed” on either side of the logo.
  • 22 ounce bottles of “Square Mile Spur & Vine Hopped Apple Cider” with the markings “Hand Picked” and “Hand Pressed” on either side of the logo.
SMCC is voluntarily recalling the products due to concerns that cider from the company’s first production run may be refermenting in the bottle, which may cause the bottles to burst under certain circumstances and can lead to potential flavor inconsistencies. Consumers who may have purchased the affected product should dispose of it immediately in an outdoor trash receptacle.
“As a handcrafted, small batch cider maker, we take all packaging and product quality concerns very seriously. We are working with our wholesalers and retail partners to remove all affected product from store shelves as quickly as possible. We are also confident that we have identified the problem and want to reassure our consumers that we stand by the quality of our products,” said Lorin Gelfand, brand manager for SMCC.
To date, no consumer illnesses or injuries have been reported.  
Consumers with questions about the quality of their SMCC products may call the company toll-free at 1-855-371-0895 (8am to 4pm PST), visit our website at, or write us at 929 N. Russell St., Portland, OR 97215.

About Square Mile Cider Company

Square Mile Cider Company crafts hard cider varieties from Northwest grown apples in celebration of the pioneer spirit and those who travel into unknown territory with only hope, pride, and determination. Square Mile Cider Company derives its name from the original Oregon pioneers who were granted one square mile of land to stake their claim and build a future. It was on these square mile claims that some of the original Northwest orchards were planted, and where Square Mile Cider Company chose to stake its claim. Square Mile Cider is a subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based Craft Brew Alliance.

Review: El Steinber, Anderson Valley

El Steinber
Anderson Valley Brewing Co. — Boonville, CA

  • Style: Dark lager
  • Bitterness: 25 IBU
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • Malts: Pale 2-row, German Pilsner, Midnight Wheat, Roasted Blue Corn
  • Hops: Saaz
  • Sampled: 16 oz. can

Description:  Borders.  We’ve crossed into uncharted territory with our newest release, El Steinber.  In our somewhat unusual take on the style, we add Midnight Wheat malt to give this lager its dark brown color and roasted Indio-Hispano blue corn to lighten the body and create a unique, toasty flavor.  German pilsner malt and Saaz hops round out this beer producing a crisp, clean finish and smooth drinkability that is perfect for any occasion. —  Anderson Valley Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   El Steinber is a fairly new release from Anderson Valley Brewing. I'm drinking this as part of my series on lagers.

The tasting:  Dark brown in color, with reddish highlights. It has an off-white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and light earthy hop notes. Flavor is very similar to the aroma. I noticed a mild tart twang in the middle, which didn't seem out of place. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or taste, and hop bitterness is low. El Steinber is light in body, has a slick mouth feel, and finishes with roasted malt and coffee. 

Rating: 3 star. Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  El Steinber is a good choice if you're looking for a light boded beer with rich malt flavors. While it's available year round, this beer has fall written all over it. I'll look forward to enjoying again in a few months!!

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Star Wars + Beer = #pdxbeergeeks 2nd Birthday!!

Beer, Star Wars, and a great charity!?!?  Sign me up! 

Our friends at #pdxbeergeeks are turning two! Help them celebrate by attending their showing of Star Wars Uncut on Sunday, July 14 at the Hollywood Theater. Proceeds from beer sales will benefit Outside In. For more details check out the press release below.

Happy Birthday to the geeks!

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Viewing of Star Wars Uncut at Hollywood Theatre with after event at Atomic Pizza raising much needed funds for Outside In

Portland, Oregon, July 2, 2013 . The #pdxbeergeeks beer blog has been operating for two years and to celebrate they are hosting a showing of Casey Pugh’s Star Wars Uncut. The event is this Sunday, July 14, 2013, 3:30 pm at Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. #pdxbeergeeks has partnered with Hollywood Theatre, to donate a portion of the ticket sales, and Atomic Pizza, to donate all of the day’s beer sales for the Portland social-service agency Outside In.  Outside In’s mission is to ”help homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency.”

The event begins with Star Wars characters in film quality costumes from the Cloud City Garrison mingling with the attendees. After the 3:30 showing of the movie, the party will move to Atomic Pizza, next door to the Hollywood Theatre. Beer for the evening has been donated by local breweries, including Natian Brewery, Lompoc Brewing, Fort George Brewery and 10 Barrel Brewing, and Sasquatch Brewing, and money from all beer sales will benefit Outside In. Tickets are available here.

About #pdxbeergeeks: A beer blog about portland, oregon and all the wonderful craft beer in our fair city. We're craft beer ambassadors & beer geek enthusiasts; we meet up over tasty beers. Some of us homebrew, a few of us are pro brewers, some of us are hobbyists, and some are firmly entrenched in the portland craft beer scene!

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Review: Rolle Bolle, New Belgium

Rolle Bolle
New Belgium Brewing Co. — Fort Collins, CO

  • Style: Fruit Beer
  • Bitterness: 30 IBU
  • ABV: 5.2%
  • Malts: Pale and Oats
  • Hops: Target, Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial
  • Special Ingredient: Monk fruit and Soursop
  • Calories: 155
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description: A delightful summer ale for easy sipping and a classic Belgian yard game for easy enjoyment, Rolle Bolle is how we roll. Brewed with monk fruit and soursop, this beer pours a brilliant blonde, with a fluffy, white head. Earthy and tropical tones carry the aroma and the taste follows accordingly. Rolle Bolle’s hint of tartness is backed with the citrus bite of Cascade and Centennial hops. Oats add some creaminess to the mouthfeel, and it finishes dry and clean. Time to get in the yard, crack a bottle and start rolling. — New Belgium Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   Rolle Bolle is New Belgium's new summer seasonal. I have never tasted or even heard of monk fruit or soursop. I'm drinking Rolle Bolle as part of my series on summer seasonals.

The tasting: Bottle stamped with a best before date of August 18, 2013. Light golden straw in color, slightly hazy, with a white head that dissipates fairly slowly. Aroma of biscuit malt and a light tartness. Taste starts with bready malt. In the middle, spicy hops emerge. I'm not familiar with the flavor of soursop or monk fruit, but I don't taste any fruit flavor. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or taste and hop bitterness is low. Rolle Bolle is light bodied and has a crisp mouth feel.

Rating:  3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  Rolle Bolle is a nice, but unmemorable beer, in my opinion. If I had tasted this beer without knowing anything about it, I would never have guessed it was brewed with fruit. However, it is light and refreshing, and a good thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

Have you tasted Rolle Bolle? Did you taste the fruit?

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Puckerfest 7 Starts July 12 at Belmont Station

Image courtesy of Belmont Station
The 7th installment of Puckerfest will be held July 12 -18 at Portland's Belmont Station. Although it may sound like an all-things lemon festival, Puckerfest is a showcase for sour and wild beers.

Each day highlights a different brewery and features a Meet the Brewer event.  To get an idea of what you can expect, here's my recap of Block 15 Night from 2011. So, if you love sour beer, or are just curious, this is the place to be!

Check out the Puckerfest website or the press release below for more details.

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Puckerfest 7, a Celebration of Sour & Wild Beers, Starts July 12

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portlanders and visitors alike are practicing their best pucker faces in anticipation of Puckerfest 7 at Belmont Station, the Rose City’s premier beer store and Biercafé. 

Now in its seventh year, Puckerfest has established itself as one of the most popular events during Oregon Craft Beer Month. This year, Puckerfest kicks off on Friday, July 12 at noon, and rolls through as many sour and funky beers as possible over the course of the week through July 18.

Adventurous beer lovers can look forward to a rotating cast of up to 20 wild and funky beers on tap daily, along with "Meet the Brewer" nights where brewery friends from around the region join fans and followers in Belmont Station’s Biercafé to share their stories and some extra special beers. 

The Biercafé will be open from noon to 11 p.m. every day during the festival in order to accommodate more visitors.  Please note that The Italian Market, the awesome new food cart adjacent to Belmont Station, is open Noon to 9 p.m. daily. In order to facilitate more efficient service for all our guests, the Biercafé will be CASH ONLY for the duration of Puckerfest. There is an ATM on site, and bottles to go may be purchased with credit or debit cards in the bottle shop side.

Stay connected and get the latest info on beer tappings, special events, and more by following Belmont Station on Twitter. You can also keep up with the latest Puckerfest tappings at

About Belmont Station
Since its founding in 1997, Belmont Station has become Portland's premier beer destination. The bottle shop features 1,200+ beers that have been thoughtfully selected, meticulously rotated, and properly stored under UV-filtered light to maintain the freshest selection of beer in the region. The adjacent Biercafé features 20+ rotating taps and a cask "beer engine" pouring world-class brew on the cleanest draft system in Portland. Join us, and find out why we're the most award-winning beer spot in the northwest! And note that the new patio and Biergarten has doubled Belmont Station’s seating capacity, so there's room for even more beer-loving folks!